Severe flooding hit Antique; 86 families evacuated


WATER EVERYWHERE The roads of Antique are flooded on Saturday due to the heavy rains generated by the tropical depression “Ester”. —Photo courtesy of Cris John

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, ANTIQUE—Severe flooding following heavy rains brought on by tropical depression “Ester” displaced nearly 3,000 people in three towns in Antique province on Saturday, officials said.

A total of 872 families, consisting of 2,979 people, have been affected by the floods in Antique, according to the office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the province.

Of those affected, 86 families, consisting of 303 people, were taken to evacuation centers on Saturday due to the incessant rains caused by Ester.

No casualties were reported. Families from Antique’s three evacuation centers returned home as floodwaters subsided on Sunday, the office said.

DSWD distributed food parcels to families who left their homes and remained in evacuation centers due to the incessant rains last Saturday.

Based on DSWD data, food parcels and hygiene kits were delivered to evacuation centers in the towns of Hamtic, Sibalom and San Jose.

Relief operations in affected towns were managed by local social welfare offices, disaster risk reduction and management offices and the police.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has advised residents living near mountain slopes and river systems “to take precautionary measures to protect life and property” whenever there are disasters. floods or landslides.

The Department of Public Works and Roads said the roads from Antique to Iloilo remained passable even during the flood.

No storm signal was issued in the country due to Ester, but it brought heavy rain across the Visayas and far northern Luzon before leaving the Philippines area of ​​responsibility at 5 a.m. sunday.

The weather disturbance brought maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 55 kilometers per hour, according to the Philippine Administration of Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services.

—MAXINE FAYE PILI INQ

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